Mangaluru: FIR registered against Sri Samyamindrateertha of Kashi Math

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru

Mangaluru, May 12: An FIR has been registered in Suratkal police station against Sri Samyamindra Teertha Swamiji of Kashi Math and two other individuals under sections 403,406,420 and 34 of the IPC for cheating, criminal conspiracy and breach of trust. Two bank managers also have been booked, based on the complaint filed by Sri Raghavendrateertha Swamiji, the 21st pontiff of Kashi Math.

In a press release, Prof Narendra Nayak of 'Desha Premi Sanghatanegala Okkuta' stated, "While the case prima facie seems to be that of a dispute to the assets of the Math, the criminal element has crept in as the fixed deposit receipt was in the name of Raghavendrateertha and the bank has transferred the amount to some other person without a proper authorization from the original beneficiary.

"This matter has a larger dimension too. The late Vinayak Baliga who had been murdered brutally in March 2016 allegedly for questioning the irregularities in the affairs of the Kashi Math and Venkatramana Temple was said to be in the know of all these affairs. His sisters have been trying to get a special investigation team to go into these issues but have not met with success so far," the release stated.

The complainant had deposited an amount of Rs 10,00,000 in the bank when he was camping in Mangaluru on February 10, 1999 as per receipt no 474760(387/98-99). On February 22 this year, he requested the accused bank manager to provide the statement of account for the deposit and was informed that the amount had been transferred in the name of a Math headed by Shrimad Samyamindrateertha Swami as he had produced the original receipt and some records relating to a case OS 34/2000. "This however turned out to be a suit between the late Sudhindrateertha and Raghavendrateertha and any decree in his (Sudhindrateeirtha's) favour could not be used to enforce some other property in someone else’s name. While the FD was in the name of the individual Raghavendrateertha Swamiji it was transferred to the other name, allegedly the head of a Math. As the accused number 1 had produced an FD receipt which was not in his name the criminal conspiracy between the accused arises," the release said.

The complaint states that these being cognizable offences, the accused have to be proceeded against. It has been also questioned as to how the accused number 1 came in possession of the FD receipt which was in the name of the complainant.

"Hence the FIR has been made and submitted to the first CJM court in Mangaluru city. It is also said that there are several such deposits and the details were all known to the murdered RTI activist Vinayak Baliga who is supposed to have had records of the same. The papers were all taken by the Barke police and there have been allegations that some of these have been destroyed. While this case can go on, the mens rea behind the murder of Vinayak Baliga has to be investigated and that would be possible only through a SIT constituted specifically for this purpose," Prof Nayak said.

"In the murder case of Vinayak Baliga the police did not have the courage to question Sri Samyamindrateertha. Will they dare to in this case is something that has to be seen or is it that such people are above the laws of the land? While a common man committing such offences would be summoned to the police station interrogated and arrested, the religious heads seem to be immune to laws of the land," he alleged.


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  • Ramesh Bhat, Ernakulam

    Mon, May 13 2019

    1. In the year 1994 some powers and duties were entrusted to the complainant – Raghavendra Thirtha – by the then Matadhipathi Srimad Sudhindra Thirtha Swamiji. Abusing such entrusted duties and powers he illegally deposited the funds of Sri Kashi Math Samsthan, Varanasi in his personal name contrary the accounting principles of the Math and with ulterior motives. That was objected by the Auditors of the Samsthan and their objections were brushed aside by him and continued to deposit huge amounts in his personal name. Finding these deposits in his personal name, the Income Tax Authorities had seized the deposits and sent notice to Raghavendra Thirtha. It was submitted to the Income Tax authorities that these deposits are the funds of Sri Kashi Math Samsthan, they reflected in the Balance Sheet of Sri Kashi Math Samsthan. These facts is also brought to the notice of Income Tax authorities by the said Raghavendra Thirtha in a bid to get the seizure withdrawn by the Tax authorites.
    In the meantime he filed a suit as OS 34/2000 before the III Additional District Court, Tirupathi to declare him as the Matadhipathi of Sri Kashi Math Samsthan, Varanasi. Srimad Sudhindra Thirtha Swamiji filed a counter claim for statutory injunction against him to not to interfere in the affairs of Sri Kashi Math Samsthan, Varanasi. His suit was dismissed with cost and the counter claim was allowed with cost by the Tiruapthi Court and on appeal to the Hon’ble High Court of Andhra Pradesh, the Hon’ble High Court dismissed his appeal with cost and it was the confirmed by the High Court of Andhra Pradesh that he should not interfere in the affairs of Sri Kashi Math Samsthan and this order attained finality.
    During the period of the matter pending in Court the Tirumala math was being managed by him through the managers appointed by him. The accounts pertaining to the period is not submitted and the amounts were dealt in cash without depositing in any bank and the entire amount is misappropriated by Raghavendra Thirtha and his associates. A complaint has been registered against Raghavendra Thirtha and his associates and the CBCID of Andhra Pradesh Police are investigating the matter. Raghavenda Thirtha was arrested and is on bail.
    In spite of this injunction against him, after the Mahasamadhi of His Holiness Srimad Sudhindra Thirtha Swamiji, he fraudulently formed a trust called Shree Kashi Math Samsthan Varanasi (Benaras) Trust. Srimad Samyameendra Thirtha Swamiji has obtained stay against Raghavendra Thirtha, his fraudulent trust and trustees from interfering in the affairs of Sri Kashi Math Samsthan, Varanasi, not to use the photographs of earlier Matadhipathis etc., not to operate any accounts, among others.
    Under such circumstances, he has no authority to file any complaint and the complaint filed by Raghavendra Thirtha is in violation of the court orders. The deposited amounts are the funds of Shree Kashi Math Samsthan, Varanasi
    Surathkal Police have not followed due process while registering the FIR. They have not given any notice for enquiry to the persons shown as accused in the FIR.
    Sri Kashi Math Samsthan Varanasi will take proper legal remedy and reserve right to initiate both civil and criminal action against Raghavendra Thirtha.

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  • Venkat Kamath, Mangalore

    Mon, May 13 2019

    This so called Swamy Samyamindra speaks like an uneducated imbecile. I am praying for the day when God punishes his followers for following him. That’s when people will open their eyes.

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  • j.anata, Mangaluru / Bengaluru

    Mon, May 13 2019

    Actually Raghavendra is a proven fraud and is accused in several cases of theft and usurping of Kashi Math funds. Raghavendra is no longer associated with Kashi Math and is a discarded individual. He had no reason to deposit money in his name.

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  • Vasanth Kini, Mumbai

    Mon, May 13 2019

    Who gives conduct certificate? Where is it available? Police and court is yet to establish and give the verdict on FD name change fraud. They can investigate on the limits of power given to them by the Assembly and Parliament.
    You can pump messages to your deceased dad or mom but cannot suppress the truth to the Lord or the court or other Investigating Agency appointed by the Hon'ble Court.
    How is Lord Ramachandra invoked in the Math? Though Sita Devi was distanced by Lord Ram on the blame done by a Launderer, Sita Devi is still invoked along with Lord Ram in the Math. All the line of Pontiffs did the same pattern of Invocation. Haven't you seen it ? Similarly, Shrimad Raghavendra Thirtha had done nothing harm to you or Math. During arguments, Lawyers might have missed the points at the court and the court could have arrived at the decision based on the arguments. That doesn't mean Raghavendra Thirtha is doing wrong.

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  • RSRB, Kundapura

    Tue, May 14 2019

    Vasanth Kini, Mumbai

    We don't know whether Raghavendra is legally right or not because it is yet to be proven...

    But morally he is wrong.
    He gave disrepute to the GSBs
    Being a swami, he should have behaved accordingly rather than behaving like a cheat..

    Even if he come back as Kashi Mutt Swamiji again, can he erase the stain that he contributed to the society?

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangaluru

    Mon, May 13 2019

    This is the grave irregularity of the bank if proved and the court will deal the matter as the FIR is sine registered..

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, May 13 2019

    This is Sad ...

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  • Valerian Menezes, Kota

    Sun, May 12 2019

    Let the law take its course.

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  • Ismail, Moodbidri

    Sun, May 12 2019

    Court judgements are mainly depend on evidence. If the case is of influential persons, no witness will come forward. Therefore conviction rate is very less.

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  • Narendra, Mangaluru

    Mon, May 13 2019

    The evidence are the documents.

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  • Rahul, Mangalore

    Sun, May 12 2019

    Achhe din

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  • RSRB, Kundapura

    Sun, May 12 2019

    It is surprising that Swami Raghavendra Theertha has kept the Math money in his name in year 98-99. How can this be Swamiji's money? It should belongs to the Math.

    This shows, Raghavendra Theertha him self fraudulently kept Math money in his name and now crying foul.

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  • Mangalore1, Mangalore

    Mon, May 13 2019

    Hello sir/madam,

    Dear RSRB
    Yes i agree with u that raghavendra swamiji kept the money in his name in the bank, when he was in the postion bt haven't used it till date. But do you know where the money has gone now. It is in the private name of samyamindra swamiji in mangalore baranch. If raghavendra swamiji cant keep the samaj money private acnt how can samyamindra swamiji can keep.If u had enough time in committing here with any knowledge of the where the money has gone you would take tome find the route of the money. And will u agreee if I draw money from bank which is in your name.
    Thank you

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  • Ravindra Pai, Mangalore

    Mon, May 13 2019

    Got your point. But will Shrimad Raghavendra Thirtha free Samyamindra if Samyamindra returns the principal with interest and gets married to one of his loyal followers daughter, sister or Grand daughter ? The throne goes to Raghavendra Thirtha, no doubt . But after marriage of Samyamindra,it is confirmed that he has left Sanyas ashram. I feel Samyamindra should marry now and bid farewell to the community.

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  • Alwyn, Canada

    Sun, May 12 2019

    Without bais let's pray for all religion leaders to seek god and preach his word without hate or stealing or killing poor believers or killing base on religion . It applies to every religion east to west. Let's stand all together to make a difference in the world. Money, sex, drinks, lavish life is a lead cause of stealing and becoming rich at the cost of poor devotees is not acceptable at any cost. Let's make a minutes silence prayer for every religious leaders to lead religion in a transparent and holy ways.

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Sun, May 12 2019

    Alwyn, greed has overcome everything even the prayers.. In the places of prayer also, we clearly notice "greed".

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  • Rita, Germany

    Sun, May 12 2019

    Now the list of Maths and swamis involving in worldly matters is becoming big nad big.Now God is left to himself ,while People from Maths are seeking more politics and money .

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